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Self-Represented Litigants have Mountains to Climb

Self-represented litigants present a host of challenges to some of the core assumptions of the legal system. Here are three of the most significant issues. Access to Justice The right to a fair trial is a principle of fundamental justice in Canada. If the unrepresented litigant is a lay person, this right to a fair […]

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Owen Le Blanc
Owen Leblanc is a law student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. This article was produced as a project in the Pro Bono Students Canada program.
 

Representing Yourself at the Tax Court

The Tax Court of Canada has gone to some lengths to make information available for self-represented taxpayers who want to appeal a tax decision.  The website of the Court prominently displays a tab for Self-represented litigants.  Under the tab there is a wealth of information about forms, procedures and the Court itself.  This information can […]

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Owen Le Blanc
Owen Leblanc is a law student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. This article was produced as a project in the Pro Bono Students Canada program.
 

The Law of Costs and the Cost of Law

Introduction Equality is one of the most important underpinnings of law and justice.  This encompasses equal access to the law.  Numerous initiatives ease the difficult and expensive engagement with law that most citizens encounter.  These measures include free public legal databases, pro bono programs and legal aid services.  However, when you need a lawyer, access […]

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Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

John Rollett
John Rollett earned a BComm at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.
 

Your Self-Representation Road Map: Five Steps to Success (And 5 Mistakes to Avoid)

As a lawyer, I’ve been to court hundreds of times. And I’ve coached hundreds of self-represented litigants on how to go to court on their own. Here are some steps to consider. Remember, these are general guidelines and you should always check the rules of court and seek legal advice in your own jurisdiction for […]

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Devlin Farmer
Devlin Farmer is a family law lawyer, mediator, and author of Representing Yourself In Court (2015, Self-Counsel Press). He has worked as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia and as an attorney in Massachusetts. Having practised exclusively family law since 2010, he opened his own practice in Northampton, MA, where he offers legal and mediation assistance on diverse family law issues and helps his clients gain access to fair and transparent legal help.
 

Hurdles for Self-Represented Litigants in Small Claims Court

The rules and processes at Small Claims Court were designed to be simple and flexible, so that everyday people could have their disputes resolved without hiring lawyers or paralegals. However, the reality is that many self-represented litigants continue to face significant hurdles in accessing the justice system through Small Claims Court without professional help. ..the […]

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Amer Mushtaq
Amer Mushtaq: Amer Mushtaq is a Toronto lawyer and the founder of Formative LLP, YouCounsel and YouCounselForums. YouCounsel provides online legal courses in easy to follow steps for everyday people whereas YouCounselForums provides a platform for everyone to share legal knowledge and experience with the judicial system.
 


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